[mythtv-users] Can't get video on TV screen
jcw at wilsonet.com
Thu Jun 10 02:46:13 EDT 2004
On Jun 9, 2004, at 20:01, Clyde Stubbs wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 04, 2004 at 11:01:54PM -0600, Mike Diehl (Encrypted email
> preferred) wrote:
>> I'm trying to get video on my TV screen instead of the monitor. I've
>> to an
>> Nforce MX440 video card on a Gentoo Linux box.
> First up, the Radeon 9200SE is WAY better for TV-out than the nVidia
> I've disabled the MX440 on my nForce m/b and installed a Radeon card.
> exceedingly pleased with the result. Much better picture quality, and
> much less hassle with the driver.
That's a matter of opinion, not a fact. I've had zero hassles and
excellent picture quality with my nVidia cards. My Radeon is generally
okay, but there are really heinous Xv rendering bugs in both the radeon
driver and the fglrx driver (that only affect HDTV-rez video though).
>> It's interesting that I've not been able to load the "nvidia" driver;
>> I had to load the "nv" driver.
> 1) The binary nvidia driver does not do interlaced modes - unless your
> TV will handle progressive scan, it's useless.
The TV-out encoder interlaces the signal for use on an interlaced
display when connected by SVideo or Composite. It is far from useless.
The main place the lack of interlaced mode support bites you is if you
have an HDTV and are using VGA or DVI out, but the next release from
nVidia will reportedly support interlaced modes.
> 2) The stock nv driver doesn't do TV-out. I have a hacked version that
> Grab it at http://www.sr20.org/dvb/ - BUT the CPU load is quite high
> (50% of an Athlon XP2400+ while watching TV) and the quality is
The quality of the nvidia driver's TV-out is very solid, and CPU load
is extremely low.
> My recommendation - if your tv can handle progressive scan, use the
> nvidia driver. If it requires interlaced scan, buy a Radeon 9200SE
> card. I've
> also got a driver for this at http://www.sr20.org/dvb/ based on the
nVidia cards are far from worthless with an interlaced display, like a
standard-def TV, and hopefully, within a few days, they'll have full
interlaced mode support. My recommendation: don't go buy a new card
yet. The one you've got is used by tons of MythTV users quite
successfully, myself included.
Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com
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